Race favorite Orb won the 2013 Kentucky Derby in epic come-from-behind fashion. The 139th annual Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs lived up to expectations and then some on Saturday evening.
Sitting third-to-last as the pack approached the final turn, Shug McGaughey III’s Kentucky-born colt stormed up to steal the lead on the final stretch.
USA Today Sports captured Orb’s moment of greatness and displayed it for us all on Twitter:
Orb wasn’t just a favorite because of his recent wins. The McGaughey-trained three-year-old was slotted in the No. 16 post position. ESPN Stats & Info reported on that position’s recent significance following the race (via Twitter):
Orb is the 2nd horse to win the Kentucky Derby from the 16 Post Position in the last 3 years (Animal Kingdom, 2011)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 4, 2013
Long shot Golden Soul (34-1 odds) and favorite Revolutionary (6-1 odds) came in behind the late-surging winner; bets on Orb (5-1 odds) paid $12.80 for his win (odds via KentuckyDerby.com).
Here is what the other winning bets turned out.
Exacta ($2 bet): 16-4 - $981.60
Trifecta: 16-4-3 - $3,462.80
Superfecta: 16-4-3-5 - $28,542.00
Did the favorites live up to their billing and finish toward the top of the field? Take a look below at how all of the favorites and long shots finished at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
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Sure but steady wins the race. While the rest of the field got off to a blistering pace, Shug McGaughey’s prized horse kept a steady pace and then appeared to shoot out of a cannon on the final turn.
Orb got off to a slow start, but there was no doubt about his performance after he turned the corner and shot up to the front on the final stretch.
Winning as a pre-race favorite isn’t a guarantee. It has been quite the opposite lately, as ESPN pointed out (via Twitter):
Orb is the 5th favorite to win the Kentucky Derby in the last 25 years.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 4, 2013
Golden Soul was this year’s surprise performer. He finished at 34-1 odds to win the race but surprised us all by placing at the year’s biggest event.
Charles Fipke’s colt didn’t blow anyone away and ran out of gas on the last furlough. Still, his impressive and steady run was one to remember even though it fell short of shocking the world.
Payout and odds information courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com.